Petaluma, California

San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA

Petaluma, California



Petaluma, California
Phone: (707) 763-1492

Sites: 307
Recent Rate: $64 5/2016

Latitude: 38.2717957024862
Longitude: -122.677438259125

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip yes
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf yes
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong yes
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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ta96silver

Review Count: 46
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $65.00
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A great family facility. There a large playground, a petting zoo, a large enclosed dog park. Sites are a little short (most tow vehicles stick out into the roads). A code is needed to get in. There's a well stocked camp store. The road to the park (not in the park) is a patchwork of potholes. The only real negative about the park is the WiFi (Tengo). It works OK (not great) when the park isn't full, but it is incredibly slow when there are lots of campers. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Barnycat

Review Count: 21
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $64.00
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We were here on an extended stay. I have reviewed this park numerous times and so will only dwell on new issues. Generally speaking, the showers were a mess. Often the same disgusting items remained in the same place in the shower for five or more days at a time, despite my bringing it to the attention of the folks in the office. There was always a reason why the showers remained unclean. The reason that stands out in my mind was that the supervisor was away on vacation. Seems to me that someone else should have been in put charge of the bathroom cleanliness during the supervisors absence! And besides, they were a mess longer then the supervisor was away. The handicap shower stall in the main shower room has standing water in it. There are mosquitoes on the wall, so one can imagine how much they might be enjoying that standing water as a breeding ground! My husband found the men's showers equally disgusting. Except for the cleanliness issue, and the premium price charged, this is quite a nice campground. We enjoyed our time spent there - - other than our morning showers. The staff are truly wonderful! The location is terrific for the San Francisco Bay area. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Great little donut shop next to Orchard supply hardware!

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Pawticket

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $67.00
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It is, of course, a stretch to include "San Francisco" in the name of this campground, when Fishermen's Wharf is 40 miles south through heavy traffic. (On the other hand, the San Francisco 49ers play in Levi's Stadium, which is a 50 miles distant from that same wharf, so there's that.) Those 40 miles, however, do not mean that the Petaluma KOA cannot get away with charging $67 a night for a standard pull-through.

I get that RV parks in greater metropolitan areas can command premium prices and, while I don't like it, I can accept those prices if they result in a premium experience. (See, e.g. San Diego Metro KOA in Chula Vista, CA.) In this KOA, those prices do not. The park is built on a hillside and the spaces are not terraced. Many are on a slopes steep enough to be beyond the capability of standard hydraulic levelers. The landscaping is a bit neglected, with weeds in the grassy areas. The "dog park" is ridiculously small. All in all, it is just not a premium place. Reinvestment of some of those premium fees in the infrastructure could make this campground a nicer place to stay.

On the plus side, It does have a very nice children's playground with lots of equipment that appeared to be in good condition and the spaces are of a decent width.

There are lots of trees, so it's shady in the summer, but there are not many spaces with clear satellite signals. Wi-fi is through Tengo and worked well. Be prepared for interrogation about your dog's ($3 extra) genetic makeup.

There are no good RV experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to 7 of the 10 most expensive housing markets in the country. The few parks that exist tend to cram you in for exorbitant prices. The Petaluma KOA is more than a parking lot and a bit less expensive than parks closer in. As an overnight, it could be worse. As a base to explore San Francisco, however, it comes at the cost of an hour or more stuck in traffic. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Golden Gate Transit offers bus service between Petaluma and various stops in San Francisco. Once in the City, it's very easy to get around on SF Muni and BART for reasonable prices. Public transportation, then, is a better, albeit slower, way to get to and explore San Francisco. The campground also offers in-season van tours of the City.

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Vista Queen

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $46.00
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This is a very large park with lots of cabins and facilities - sites are close together. Looks to be great for folks with kids: activities abound, e.g. K9 Kamp and petting zoo. Sites are up and down hills and might be an issue for larger rigs. In general, a nice park considering the location. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Lee and Trace

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $58.00
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The sites are super tight and only one vehicle could fit. We have a forty foot trailer and it was close that we weren't in the road. Very expensive at $58 for water and electric only. $75 for full hookups pull through. They did have some nice features for kids such as a petting zoo and a huge bouncy bag, along with a pool and they certainly make the most out of the little space they have. We were also pretty disappointed that the camp itself wasn't clean when we pulled in (beer caps in the fire pit). For that kind of money the place should have been spotless. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Bookwormonwheels

Review Count: 109
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $52.00
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This is a nice KOA that serves suburbanites with families. Lots of kid friendly things here including a hay ride, petting zoo with farm animals, pool, jumping surface thing. Also we caught wafts of cow pasture coming in from time to time so beware. The Women's restroom was a wreck on the weekends when hordes of kids made messes. You had to take your own toilet paper with you. Drains in handicap shower didn't work properly. During the week, all was aok for restroom cleanliness. The drives and sites were gravel and were level. There were lots of trees. CATV worked well. WIFI worked but was slow, even when running fast. Do not remember our site number as we were there with a rally however we were located near the shower room and rec hall. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

The drive to Bodega Bay is lovely as it goes through ranchland. Give yourself plenty of time as the road is winding and goes up and down very large hills.
The historic Washoe Inn is just down the road and has good food (bison burgers were yummy). Its been there since the 1850s and is a neighborhood bar & grill in atmosphere.
Henny Penny is a locally owned & operated diner right on the road to the rv park. Has very good home style food and yummy deserts.

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scenic route

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $83.00
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If you are looking for a relaxing country experience, DO NOT stay here. This park caters to families with kids and dogs. It is huge, noisy and busy. Kids on bikes, scooters, skateboards, in the arcade and pool. Friday night LOUD dance party in the tent in the middle of the campground heard all over the park until 10pm. Movies outside every night. Overpriced at $83 I guess that is what pays for all these activities that did not appeal to us.

Calling in advance, we asked for a space away from all the activities but when none were available for our stay we asked for an end space thinking it would be fairly quiet. There was heavy foot and vehicle traffic cutting across our dried grass space all day long plus it was located across from 3 cabins where a family of 35 people was having a reunion spent mostly outside our entire stay. Other sites had nice green grass but not the one we were in. Sat morning I dumped our garbage in a bin that was totally overflowing. A real problem if it was not picked up until Monday.

On check-in I asked the clerk how to get to our reverse direction space and was told incorrectly as it involved a tight right turn which would have been impossible in our 34ft motorhome with a toad. Luckily the nice lady at the gate instructed us properly. At these prices customers should be personally escorted to their sites! We had to fully extend our rear jacks to level on the blacktop site. We saw one rig with 2 wheels completely off the ground. Beware, if you arrive early before the "official" check-in time there is an extra $12 fee. The free WiFi never worked for us. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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mike3245

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $75.00
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This was a 3 night stop for us over the July 4th weekend. This place worked very well. Our kids loved it. It was busy, but not obnoxious. Everything was clean, and there was plenty of workers around if you needed them. I will stay here again if I'm back in the area. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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tomnnva

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $70.00
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This is the biggest KOA I have ever visited, 5 people man the check in counter, they could probably use 7. Very, very well organized campground for such a large operation. I have never seen so many kids, large pool, petting zoo, etc, etc. Normally we try and avoid kid friendly places, but things were so well organized, they were never a problem.

They actually offer a guided tour of San Francisco, this is strictly KOA, their tour bus, their guide, it was beyond excellent. A bit pricy, $79.00 per person, but well worth it. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

There is a fresh fruit stand close to the park, left on Stoney Point road about .5 miles.

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SoonerMom

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $76.00
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We stayed here for 4 nights while visiting the area and family. Check-in was easy. There is a gate to the sites. Getting to our site was easy. Lots of trees provide shade. While we were there there was a movie played at the swimming pool every night, family films. The speakers face the campsites. The movies were over by about 10 so it was no problem. Plenty of activities for families: petting zoo, jump house. They issue wristbands to use if you are using any of the facilities and on Saturday evening when we returned they had someone checking passes to get to the campground. Laundry room was clean. Had a problem with one of the dryers but just used another and went to the office for a refund. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Fishmon

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $65.00
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We were in the area on a spring break trip to go to Lagunitas brewery. The brewery is much better than this place. If you are into camping in close quarters with hundreds of other RV's than this place is for you. Apparently it is hugely popular with the locals which I find to be a puzzling pastime but I probably just don't get it. The hook ups were oddly placed forward in our back in spot which made the sewer impossible to use. Need a longer hose I guess! We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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The Regans

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $55.00
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We stayed here for almost two weeks to attend a family wedding in Petaluma. The park was immaculate and offered many amenities for all types of campers...great gravel pads for large rigs with full hook ups, lovely shade sites with room in between, picnic tables, swings, redwood lounge chairs, a pool, a petting zoo, and wonderful views of the hills. The camp hosts were especially helpful when we extended our stay and actually held a site for us so we could move our rig early in the morning. You are have great proximity to Point Reyes National Seashore, Jenner, San Francisco and wineries. This is the best KOA we gave ever stayed in! We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

The Korbel winery is beautiful and offers tastings at no charge. Take a side trip to Point Reyes National Seashore, Bodega Bay or Jenner to see whales, seals and beautiful beaches. The trip from Larkspur into San Francisco on the ferry was beautiful and only cost $5 for seniors.

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wolf59a

Review Count: 40
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $33.00
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Rate is based on monthly, including metered power. We were in the older section used mostly for monthlies or long-termers. Heavily wooded, making maneuvering with a big rig dicey at times (getting our 40' fifth-wheel in and out of our site with our dually was challenging to say the least). Overall a very nice park in a rural setting. Very well maintained, staff very professional and effective (for instance, we had tons of rain during our stay--the big floods--and they regularly cleaned all the drains). Lots of activities for children including a petting zoo. As with most KOAs these days, a little pricey in our opinion. We would probably not stay here again because of the cramped quarters. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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rushin river

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $45.00
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Stayed for three rainy weeks in December, during the period of severe flooding in Sonoma County.

The good: Nice and generally very quiet. Friendly staff. Pretty setting and close to the freeway and the historic city of Petaluma. Modest petting farm and small pastures for mini horses, goats and cows.

The not-so-good: Started out in a gravel space on the hill under mature trees, which was a bit cramped and very muddy and slippery (soggy leaves). Eventually moved down to a concrete space near the central laundry/shower/rec room building. Not as muddy and messy but the sewer hook-up was set in a depression that was constantly flooded and the water from up the hill flowed right across my space and across the roadway in front of it. I raked up the soggy leaves around my trailer myself. I got very dirty very often. Noisy obnoxious holiday party in the rec room one night complete with someone chattering away on a Microphone 50 feet from my trailer (fortunately it didn't go on too late).

That said, it's a convenient, pleasant location, and the nicest in the stretch between Cloverdale and Petaluma. I would stay here again (hopefully after the drainage issues get fixed). We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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CA Travelers

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $67.00
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A very nice park, but as with nearly all KOA's, the sites are much too close together, and the prices are inflated. This park has many amenities for the family, and seems to stay busy year around. There appear to be many more people actually living in the park now, than during our last visit several years ago, and some need to clean up around their sites. Dogs running loose, and flies so bad that we couldn't eat outside made the trip less than enjoyable. Before opening or closing the door to our rig, we had to swat the flies away! This was a common problem throughout the park, due to it's close proximity to dairy farms in the area. Since this is the nicest park near San Francisco, we will probably stay here again when visiting the area. We were disappointed that even though the weather was warm and sunny (many folks using the pool), the sightseeing trips into the city were not offered "in the winter" according to the staff. Not sure when they consider winter season, but the calendar thinks it begins near the end of December, not November… We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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